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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1977-02-26

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Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium on 1977-02-26

Topics Live concert

Terrapin Station, Minglewood Blues, They Love Each Other, Estimated Prophet, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Deal, Playing In The Band > The Wheel > Playing In The Band Samson & Delilah, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped, Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Promised Land, Eyes Of The World-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Swing Auditorium
Location San Bernardino, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > Master Reel > PCM > DAT > CD-R
Transferred by AlphaDog


- Sugaree (d1t05) 6:59 - 7:01 there is a funny reel generated boo boo

- PITB (d2t01) 8:42 another reel problem

- Franklin's (d2t09) there is a reel change in there that is one of the better ones we've heard.

ALL of these are in every copy I have heard and are believed to be from the Master Reel.


Reviewer: AgstWst - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2017
Subject: !!
First Estimated Prophet!! What a day, what a day.
Reviewer: shortshortstour - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2017
Subject: is there anywhere to download this show?
If only archive still allowed you to download these shows. Some of my favorite dead. I love donna sorry to those who dont but shes a fire cracker you gotta love her antics on and off the stage.
Reviewer: BobbyC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2017
Subject: Estimated
Estimated Prophet! WOW! FUNKADELIC!!!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2017
Subject: The Sea will part before me...
I dig the TERRAPIN
it is played with gusto by Garcia.
good to hear Donna Jean's harmonies..
It took until somewhere in middle of Estimated
to read all the reviews for this show.
And thankfully the reviews flow pretty well
to the music...
That P.I.T.B is BLAZING.
Drummers during Wheel.
And a beautiful Playin' reprise---

2nd set
-Weir's sweet choices -Samson, Music, Dancin
Jerry- Help>Slip>Franklin's
And of course EYES!!!

But both sets-- every tune :)
Hearing PROMISED in the 2nd set is a nice treat

Dancin in the Street is not Disco
it is Grateful Dead -Funkadelic.
On a 5 scale this is a 5.9
More FREAKIN' Dead!
(Note- This is a revised review)
Reviewer: calady50 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2016
Subject: The West is the Best
Listening to these shows I try to listen to more of the west coast performances because I have noticed many of the East coast concerts have people talking during the songs. I think that people have a right to be excited, but people came to hear the show.I have also noticed that some of the reviewers are on disgraceful ego trips rather than being coherent enough to appreciate and comment on the music.
I wasn't at this particular show, but it is a great one and I can hear it from the start. No need to download... just enjoy as is. Peace, Love, and the Dead forever
Reviewer: stellaobscura - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2016
Subject: Grate Terrapin Keith Smokes!
I can only imagine sitting in the Swing, and hearing Terrapin for the first time--and as a show opener. Minds had to be blown. Keith really kills it this night. He seems to really lead the way on Terrapin. Phil and Bobby seem a bit lost on Terrapin, but Keith and Jerry deliver the goods. I can't think of another Terrapin where he plays so confidently and majestically. An overall killer show, one of the high points of the K&D years. What a grate one-- in my personal top 3 of 77.
Reviewer: olbrantz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 26, 2016
Subject: Today is the day
Happy Anny!
Reviewer: franklinsPower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2015
Subject: fav of 77
this is my favorite terrapin.

and by far my the best Estimated. his solo is so melodic and tasty...CREAM DREAM.

el fin.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2015
Subject: Best sounding source
Of all the SBDs and Betty Boards available, the original source is still the best sounding, to my ears anyway. Levels are much higher here with more instrument separation.

Enjoy the beginning of a beautiful year!
Reviewer: OHDeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2015
Subject: Perfect mama tried
I cant stop listening, fantastic mama tried, and a solid tennessee jed as well, not their greatest concert but a damn good one
Reviewer: Brian Bowes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2015
Subject: In the pocket!
The band is really together, the sound is good, and the jams are groovin'. Sounds like just another beautiful night.

I like the Phil solo at the Eyes > Dancin' transition.
Reviewer: shnaholic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 17, 2014
Subject: great shows but
i wish someone would opensource a donna filter. i mean like fingernails on a blackboard she is.
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2014
Subject: New upload (upgrade) for this show
I made edits to smooth out the glitches... Easy ZIP download. Enjoy.
Reviewer: bmerrill13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 2, 2014
Subject: ice pick to forehead
Help/Slip ice pick. Thats all I got! For now. Right Cam?
Reviewer: UncleCharleyHowDoYaDo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2013
Subject: Terrapin
Wow! Even though obviously an early take on the song, its still one of the best Terrapin I've ever heard.
Reviewer: captainhits - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2013
Subject: Dig the Dancin
I repeat.
Reviewer: oicu812 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 27, 2013
Subject: a must listen show
as just about everyone else has said, this is one KILLER show. very groovy and jazzy jams. the whole band is simply on fire this night.

i just came across this today and thought you guys mght enjoy reading it:

this is Robert Hunter writing to jerry and talking about Terrapin:

"Seems like you'd had the vision of the music about the same time I had the vision of the words, independently. Terrapin. Shame about the record, but the concert piece, the first night it was played, took me about as close as I ever expect to get to feeling certain we were doing what we were put here to do."

kinda puts everything in perspective and makes you hear it a little differently, or, at least it did for me. those 2 are just pure musical genius. oh, and if youre interested, here
's the link to the entire letter to jerry that robert hunter wrote to him a year after he died. it a VERY good read, touching too.

scroll down to the 5th post...also has RH's eulogy for jerry
Reviewer: DeadEncore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2013
Subject: Love this show
Great reviews and loved reading them. Love 77 and own a lot but would love to get this on CD for some crankage on the road. Anyone looking for a trade please hit me at
Truly love the freshness of this night where they seemed to be taping into a new sound that had the entire band excited. The entire crew is on and the singing is some of the best of the entire year. Playing-wise they are tight, experimenting and clean. Love Keith and Donna on this night and as many have mentioned Phil is in the Z and Jerry so melodic.
Looking forward to getting the 77 box set from late May, but not expecting any of those shows to be at this level. Hopefully, I'm wrong, but this night has some much to love.
Reviewer: ms42466 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2012
Subject: hi 5 ! check out matrix recording also!!!
2 much 2 good enjoy all your favorites........
like a kid in the candy shop, sugar on snow !!!!
help>slip>frank>Music on and on...................
4 me this is the "breakpoint" 4 the DEAD , this being the 1ST terripin, estimated and 1 other,
sorta pre 2/26/77 and post 2/26/77
a good place to "cut the deck" if one could do so.
between 66-96
1 of the finest matrixes ever enjoy my bookmarks
Reviewer: deadinthewater - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2012
Subject: a limey deadhead's view
I really enjoy reading show reviews especially from people who attended them

I only saw the GD eight times - and The Dead once - so having this Archive resource is truly wonderful - I listen to the Shows from History almost every day.

The one thing I can't get my (dead)head around (and around) is the clamour to make shows downloadable. Why, in this age of smartphones and portable devices, do they need to be downloadable? The shows are easily accessible as they are - why the need to "own" it? Just enjoy it and move on to the other one. It's free - what more can be asked?

Thanks to all - band, crew, deadheads, archive, Charlie Miller and all the other uploaders. Magnificent effort. Where would we be without it
Reviewer: jalisteve - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 28, 2012
Subject: nice Eyes...
Great Eyes of the world. Phil is so up front in the beginning. the whole groove is tight and poppin' throughout, with high quality Jerry maneuverings floating above.
I'm digging this era.
Reviewer: brownroux - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2012
Subject: was it ever
was it ever here at all?
man i miss these guys,more than anything in the world.the dead made more people dance,sing,played over the years like the winds blow.thanks for making this happen,i sure wish i could get some visuals along with these tunes,theys in my mind though,and they will never leave.
peace kids,be nice and play safe,
ahh,long live the dead!
Reviewer: Apostrophe Now - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2012
Subject: Gerry the Great
He still manages to perform it better than I.T'pin station, a magnifique tome. Would've loved to here more.
augy must be given credit for volume.still haven't got round to reading it yet.The nay sayers should disappear. like this ain't u-tube.
a brilliant be-times recording, & all be thankful for the tech'ology that let's us listen.
congrats to ALL concerned,Et muchos Gracious,
The What's so Funny 'bout Peace Love & Understanding,
should sometime' from the Brinsley Schwartz man I know (almost) well appear here, & PL& U to all,
Tell me if it's around.
Reviewer: RJ_Squirrel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2012
Subject: Eyes > Dancin' is hot hot hottttt
and don't give an amazing show a 1 star review because you can't figure out how to download it!
Reviewer: Aaron Ximm - - July 26, 2012
Subject: Testing
Internal Archive Test. :)
Reviewer: sleepingtiger - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2012
Subject: not a good terrapin station
besides the guitar... everyone seems out of sync ?... little emotion, rather more of a structure and obedience... you can tell that they were trying to play the song.

but the recording is surprisingly good.

by the way, it seems like some slipped something into Phils ... water. or maybe he thought his bass wasnt plugged in and was over-compensating for it!??
Reviewer: sethwolf - - May 24, 2012
Subject: First Review
Drove south from Santa Cruz with friends to see this show. Had never been to the Swing Auditorium. There was a palpable buzz all around the place. More Hell's Angels than I'd seen at any other Dead show (because it was San Bernadino, I guess).

I might have smoked a little, but I rarely got as high as many people did for these shows. I mention this simply to point out that my perceptions were not drug induced. From the first note it was pure magic; the energy, the huge, perfect sound with the deepest bottom I've ever heard, the astonishing musicianship.

I'm sure that a lot of the great energy came from the audience. Truly a legendary Dead/Audience mind meld. To this day, that live concert experience hasn't been equalled, even by the Dead.
Reviewer: DMT - - May 20, 2012
Subject: .
"Son, I know your baby well, but that's a secret I can never tell."
Reviewer: Jay M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2012
Subject: Wow!!
Just finished listening to Eyes and I am sold. Glad I found this web site. This whole shows sounds incredible. Like many other posters here, love to find a way to own this. Computer just doesn't cut it. Please somebody help out a fellow human!!
Reviewer: mauisurfer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2012
Subject: Instructions

email me at for DL instructions.

Live. Love. Share the Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: ryork - favorite - April 18, 2012
Subject: Download?
How do I download these shows?
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2011
Subject: A legendary show
Not my favourite of the year but still great. Not only the first Terrapin (and Estimated) but they actually open the first set with it! What a great set opener - very daring to open up with a complicated tune they had never performed live before. Playing>Wheel>Playing is a definite highlight as is an excellent Eyes. I feel they lost a bit of energy towards the end and the Around and US Blues are a bit sluggish.
Reviewer: Colonial - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: I catch slack all the time for saying this but.....
I totally dig the 5/8/77 show....but in my opinion this how trumps it by far. First of all the first terrapin and estimated. What more needs to be said. The boys we firing on all cylinders this night. I absolutely LOVE this show nthe setlist is great, the sound is great, it's just awesome. Inwish was old enough to have been there. Man the heads that were there got one he'll of a treat this night. If anyone wants copies of any shows email meat
Reviewer: shermski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2010
Subject: Just for clarification
I am not sh3rman420....but this show 5 star worthy
Reviewer: Sh3rman420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2010
Subject: Swing Baby Swing
one of my favs for 77 playing into wheel is great and franklins is amazing
Reviewer: FrankFoster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2010
Subject: Great breakout show
Great performance to start off this big year. There are quite a few standout songs, and also some very interesting song combos. The 1st set closer Playin'>Wheel>Playin' is great, and then in the 2nd the Eyes>Dancin' combo is real hot. I love when Phil takes on a solo which he does here after the Eyes into Dancin'. This show is a personal fav of mine from '77.
Reviewer: Beotchy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2010
Subject: Best Sampson & Delilah that I have ever heard!
Loved it!!!!!
Reviewer: cloudsplitter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2010
Subject: A seventy-seven what else
The first Terrapin Station opens up the show and they play it excellent. A nice '77 Sugaree, always one of my favorites. The second set has a great Help On They Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower. Great sound quailty and a beautiful show.
Reviewer: kcmoeron09 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2010
Subject: SBD quality of this??? as if i needed my mind blown anymore...
this is such a great recording, and truly inspired playing. as the reviewer before me aptly stated, if you know bout it, then ya know :) thanks to the taper(s)/post-er-people(s) for this gem.
Reviewer: gratefulvince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2010
Subject: I have this show
If anyone wants this show, I have SBD copy. If you send me some blank CD-R's and self-addressed envelope I can send 'em back to ya. As for the show...if you know, you know :)
Reviewer: deadhead1023 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2009
Subject: download?
does anybody know how to download the songs onto itunes from here?
Reviewer: bigteste - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2009
Subject: NEED A COPY!!!
this is a killer show, i hate that i need to stream this everytime to hear the franklins tower and the rest of the 2nd second set.

If you have this show...
Can someone help out a fellow man and send this to my email if you have a copy.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2009
What can I say that's not already been said. Grate performance. Incredible sound quality. Give it a listen or download if you have the know how. Deadheads check out Ekoostik Hookah. Start with 6-30-07,10-19-07 and 3-28-08. They can't be compared to the Grateful Dead. No band can. However they have thier own sound and lots of great tunes.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2009
Subject: Best Recording, period.
We are all in debt to Betty Cantor for this recording. Along with 5-5-77 thru 5-9-77, this recording blow everything else out of the water. Nothing else even comes close to this recording:
1) captures the thick, rich bass of Phil Lesh
2) records the band in peak performance
3) awesome overall sound quality that every sound man dreams of
4) Several songs played for the first time

What more can be said? This IS the SH!T.

Did Betty not pay her 1987 storage unit rent on purpose? Without her screw-up, none of these tapes would have leaked to the public. Thank you, Betty!
Reviewer: Augy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2008
Subject: Only show with no drums and Jerry into a Moog I ever saw!
Also, this is the only time I ever saw Phil do a distinct bass solo; during "Eyes of the World", of course. Those of you who saw them in '73-'74 may have, but after this, he pretty much stopped that. This is my third show, and believe it or not I actually think this was the weakest of my amazing first four, i.e. that's how great the other three were in my opinion! The best of these I think was the fourth one, namely at The Forum 1977/6/4 i.e. just prior to the more well known Winterland shows in June. The other two being the second of each of following the pairs: with "The Who" at Oakland Stadium 1976/10/10 and at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium 1976/10/15!
The Swing was a strangely built building for a concert! (By the way it no longer exists because apparently a plane crashed into it after E.L.P., being the last band to play there shortly after Grateful Dead played there in Dec. '80; (which was also a great show, and the only one I ever passed out at, but that's another story)! (What the hell does E.L.P. have to do with it, nothing other than the coincidence which I explain below). The following if you'll bare with me, is some historical context of this show and as you know, it started a new era for the band, in addition to simply the new compositions that is, also new devices facilitating the new compositions etc.
Starting with what is simply weird about the Swing but of lesser significance, since it's only noticeably on the audience tape; I got from a fellow who recorded from "a" balcony. Why I saw "a" balcony is because, there were only balconies on either side, yet not in the back like most rectangular buildings, such as, for example, Winterland or the Oakland Aud. (Kiaser). Those had their long axis running to and from the stage.
The Swing on the other hand, was at a 90 degree angle to more common configuration, i.e. it's width was much longer than it's length from the stage towards the audience. Hence, the audience tape I had before the "Betty Board" came out, sounded very lopsided! Despite this, it had an uncut "Franklin's Tower" unlike the first board I got! However, unfortunately the fellow from whom I got my first board copy, was unwilling to let me do the dub it myself, yet he didn't pay enough attention to the contents of recordings were prior to copying it. So consequentially, I lost the intact audience "Franklin's Tower" having been recorded over with the board which was cut in "Franklin's Tower". So, I was relieved that it's been patched here!
What's more significant but not readily apparent, is the mention of "technical difficulties" by Bob Weir early in the first set; (not that equipment delays were very unusual but this one was unique). That is, here Steve Parish was rigging Garcia into a Moog synthesizer which Keith played ever so briefly!
One gets the distinct impression that Keith apparently disliked electric keyboards. This is understandable given how primitive synthesizers were at this early time! Moreover Billy K. was interviewed in B.A.M. magazine around the time of Brent's first show, stating there was room for improvement in the technology which came since obviously they used them extensively later on. How much did this have to do or not with Keith's eventual exit from the band? I did hear something when Brent came in the band, that they were looking for "more sustain", as can be produced with electric keyboards.
Other evidence for this is a show a Texas later this same year, but I wasn't in attendance so I can't say for sure yet Keith seems to have left the stage after very briefly playing an "electric" during the beginning of "Playin' in the Band"? (Perhaps it's not appropriate to characterize Keith in this way since at least the following year he played for example, at the outdoor show at my alma mater when I was a freshman, at U.C. Santa Barbara, an electric "Fender Rhodes" piano), as well as an organ on a few tunes during his first rehearsals in '71.
So, back to Garcia, who just started using the "Unity Gain" effects loop into his volume knob on his guitar five months prior to this, at the show the day before my first show (i.e. the 1st one with "The Who" at Oakland Stadium" 1976/10/9). Here at the Swing was the first use of the new "Mutron" envelope filter, (synthesizer-like device), which still at this early time apparently had to be piped through a Moog synthesizer, configured as such for this debut of "Estimated Prophet" yet it was odd to see Jerry plugged into Keith!
Now, I'm not saying Dead Heads in general feel as my personal friends at the time did who weren't too enthused by bands such as E.L.P. which among others used synthesizers extensively, however I was more open minded. I remember pointing out to my friend as Steve Parish was plugging Jerry into the Moog since we were up in the front of this $7.50 general admission concert.
The state of the art at the time was that synthesizers could only play a single note at a time i.e. monophonic, and only Keith Emerson at the time had a keyboard capable of polphony until later. Another coincidence, is that the only other famous professional guitarist that I ever saw play live using a "Travis Bean" guitar besides Jerry Garcia was Greg Lake, (Jerry's had a sticker on it saying "The enemy is listening"); not that that has anything to do with it but it is still true!
Some of you may remember around '89ish when briefly, (which I only saw once at The Forum in Inglewood, Ca.), Parish bring out a gray Stratocaster with a big box, (Roland Synthesizer?), attached to the bridge for Jerry to noodle on during the "Improvisation" section; (I refuse to call it "Space", since there is no air in outer space, hence no sound). I knew folks who felt this is one of the best early renditions of "Slipknot!" I myself am kind of bias, since it was the only one I saw before they brought it back out at Tempe, Ariz. in '83!

San Diego
Reviewer: 24WildRovers - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2008
Subject: Great show :)
This is the DEAD AT THEIR BEST!! This show is a must have. Their Help>Slipknot>Franklin's is awesome, but listen to jerry in Eye's of the World, It's the world to hear. Keyboard is onother thing to listen for. Phil takes the Dead to a new relm with his bass.
Turn it up and grab those glow sticks, here comes the Dead :)
Reviewer: IslandTripper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2008
Subject: Magically delicious!
Beautiful sound quality and a very nice show to boot! Listen and love... :)
Reviewer: craig106 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 20, 2008
Subject: One of the best!
I usually don't rate shows, but this particular event is absolutely amazing. From song to song, the Grateful Dead delivers. From the first live performance of Terrapin Station and Estimated Prophet to the stunning Playin>Wheel>Playin, as well as Help>Slipknot!, they were feelin' it more than usual this special night. A must for any fan.
Reviewer: micky the rat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2008
Subject: none better
best I heard and my only bona fides is I heard a lot.
Reviewer: freecasey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2008
Subject: slipknot
This whole show is very special, but I felt like I needed to expound on the profound sickness that is Help/Slipknot! Great heebie geeblers!!! Jer is flippin' out, much to my satisfaction.
Reviewer: jetsman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2008
Subject: Very cool show
First Terrapin and Estimated ... That alone makes the show special. Excellent sound quality as well. Ranks way up there. My favorite is still 5-8-77 at Cornell because the second set is just sensational, but this '77 show is another gem. If you're interested in it, send me an email to and I'll get you a ZIP copy on one disc that you can expand as you see fit. Please, no junk mail.
Reviewer: Karl-Henrik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2008
Subject: What a great show!
My absolute favourite from -77. Does anyone have a copy??

Regards Karl - Henrik
Reviewer: mrdbs - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2008
Subject: One of the best
Still have this one on cassette and it is one of 4 or 5 that still see action in that format. Need a digital format to add to bring this one to my entirely digital music world. If you've got it, please share.

I first heard this one with a full head of fungus in 1985. The joy remains. During the experience, we decided to write down the words to Help on the Way. Still have the notebook, and the words are written down about 35 times, script, all caps, switching lines, backwards, different colors, different colors for each work, different colors for each letter in a pattern, you get the idea. What a trip.

The fun in this show never ends, just gets better.
Reviewer: kenmcchord - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2008
Subject: I'd like a copy of this show too if anyone can hook me up
Love to get a copy, anyone still have it?
Reviewer: 1Bessie - - June 20, 2008
Subject: Great show!!!
I would like a copy of this show if anyone still has it.
Reviewer: smgarcia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2008
Subject: Top 5!
Now it's my attempt to write a review like Dr. Flashback, as they say imitation is the highest form of flattery.

The boys leave nothing in their trucks when they step on stage at Swing. Jerry immediately pulls out his new song Terrapin Station. Much to the delight of the crowd but they have no idea what was played! But they loved it. Bobby gets behind his Minglewood Blues for a shaker that you'll love. But the premier song of this entire show is number 4 in the lineup. Bobby wrote a song with rhythmic trippy sounds. Wow...what a great song and what a great name! Folks I must declare that in this case, the best version of Estimated was the first ever played. Mickey has a skippy symbol beat that isn't found in future versions, and Phil puts down some loud bass notes during the chorus to give this song some depth.
********* Bong Break *********
Wow couldn't even get through the first 4 songs without needing to take a break, a refresher. Now that I'm on my way to seeing the prophet himself, I must opine the greatness of the ending of the first set. Playin > Wheel > Playin is simply masterful. For those of you who like the break-neck 1972 Playin' jams, the 1973 jazzy-intermediate Playin' jams, and 1974 mostly jazzy Playin jams, you get a huge dose of trippy Garcia wah wah sounds on this! This is a magical Playin' because the boys actually do coalesce into a furious epileptic seizure 2/3 of the way through. The wheel and the Playin' reprise is brilliant way to end the first set.
Things only get better in the second set. Samson and Jed get our taste buds primed after the intermission, and Garcia gets a hole-in-one with The Music Never Stopped. But how does the band play Help > Slip > Franklin so well after such a long break? Slipknot is especially teasing and really fulfills the empty space in your head from all the pot you just smoked.
But wait, the gig is not nearly over - Eyes of the World is just as solid as a steel bar. Garcia flies like a butterfly in the beginning notes, the song is not played too slow nor too fast (some 1977 versions Eyes are too fast in my opinion) and Phil allows us to melt into Dancin' like butter in a microwave. They pull out Around to get you dancin' and then send us all home with US Blues.
This is most definitely Top 5, and frankly I would not hesitate to put this #1 for the year. I've listened to Eyes of The World only about 85 times it's so good. Just for the record my Top 5 for this year includes
with serious honorable mentions to
Dr. Steve Garcia :)
Reviewer: Heyitsthatguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2008
Subject: My Favorite from This Era
Perosnally, I like the way that this particular version of Terrapin Station sounded compared to later versions; once they worked out the kinks it sounded too flat and slick. This one does have eyes. Take a full listen to the Help on the Way/Slipknot/Franklin's Tower medley as well. Jerry plays one hell of a sick lead during Help on the Way. That is all.
Reviewer: bomberman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2008
Subject: Nice send-off
If this is how they kicked off their '77 tour, yeeooww! One awesome & jazzy Playin>Wheel>Playin. The Help>Slipknot!>Franklin is pretty damn good too. In fact, there's not too much about this one to complain about (except the abrupt and early end of Dancin'). Can't have everything I guess.

Solid 5 star rating (like this is a surprise)
Reviewer: jerryzkids - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2008
Subject: Yes please!!
I would love a copy of this show. If you could hook me up that would be great.
Reviewer: thanxmikey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2006
Subject: copy of show
i have this show on disk if anyone still needs it.

thanxmikey on etree for others.
Reviewer: The Zane - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2006
Subject: Terrapin
Terrapin has Eyes... That is all...
Reviewer: 3chrds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2006
Subject: dig Keith
Love the huge majestic "power" chords Keith hits on Terrapin. Woooooo! Full piano balls. Beautiful piano trinklin's. Much like chitterlin's. I Like Keith!
Reviewer: Zenskeptic McDeadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2006
Subject: Freakin Beautiful
I love the clarity of this show. It sounds like your there
Reviewer: pinner joe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2006
Subject: I'm on the edge of my seat !! But where find it ?
Only problem is that I don't know where I can find a recording of this show. Can someone please give me a hint as to how to find a copy?
Reviewer: noirgansett - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2006
Subject: Dosed at the Swing
I was at this show. A little too buzzed to really appreciate this one. I knew this was the 1st terripin and loved it from the start. Prophet was great.
Reviewer: preeker in a cooler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2006
Subject: ahhh!
This is my dream show: Tarrapin, Estimated, Playin> Wheel> Playin, Music Never Stopped, Help>Slip>Franklin's, Eyes> Dancin!!!....WOW. But were can i download? not stream. I have listened to this alot and i want it, Got to have it! can anyone help me out??
Reviewer: P-Train - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2006
Subject: Best Playin' Ever
I had this on tape for years and having down loaded it here a while back it all came around to me that this has always been one of the best shows in my possession.

I was only three years old at the time of the show!
If youre looking for the raw energy and struggle inside the whirlwind of the breakaway after the first verse of Playin
then go no Further. This is what I call the magic inside the storm. Its uncertainty, its out there, its creative, its accurte and experimental.
You can hear the effort to let go and somehow its harnessed and controlled chaos that blends so well together.

Help/Slip/Frank is awesome. This is just a fantastic show all together so dont even hesitate to d/l this show.
Reviewer: DTSECOFR21 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2006
Subject: First Terrapin
Sound Quality 5.0; Show Quality 5.0. First Terrapin and one of the best....I don't say that lightly !!
Reviewer: andy fidelman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2006
Subject: Phil leads the band
When I first got a copy of this show, I found a horrible copy of a sdbrd of the entire show at a friends house. He had a wall of tapes and I would go in and grab 10-20 a week to feed my jones. I chose this show strictly based on the set list, not for any sentimental reason (although I would have given my have been at this show) The first time I listened, I got goosebumps. I quickly found a crispy board and continued to listen often to this masterpiece. The bass solo from Eyes to Dancin' is INSANE!!!! The Terrapin opener is no slouch either and sets the tone for one of the jazziest, flowing and intricate performances I have ever had the pleasure to hear. I have since gotten CD copies and after finding it on here again, I have been streaming it daily! I miss the good old days!!! I cannot say enough how much I love this show!!
Reviewer: jfolks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2006
Subject: Scarlet>Fire>Good Lovin???
I dont remember if i got my sbd copy from bittorrent on etree or on the archive. My copy has two extra tracks at the end which are (1.)Scarlet>Fire>(2.)Good Lovin. Does anyone have the same 'bonus' tracks as i do? They're labled gd77-02-26-d306 &...07. Weird, huh? Could it be a soundcheck?
Reviewer: jerseyfolk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 26, 2006
Subject: love this show
what a show my friends DL this show befor they took it down . the show is pricless in its own way with the first terripan my favorite its pretty normal but the rest of the show is on fire the help/slip/franklin is just beautiful a must listen show and also a early reviewer said to post info on the shows I totaly agree with that some of us where not lucky enough to see the big man do his thing so it is grately appreciated to hear your past times on the archives it gives us some what of a mental picture of what a dead family should be and for that my friends I thank you dearly

Reviewer: Skippy61 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2006
Subject: what can ya say??
Opening with Terrapin you have to love that.The sound so very sweet its a bit of a pity that these shows can't be D/Led but that was the bands choice i guess. Streaming works i reckon if you are lucky enough to have a hi-speed hook-up. I was lucky enough to be able to D/L a what seems like ages ago.

I am willing to do a few B&Ps if any one interested. I should tell ya i live in Canada that can complicate things a bit, but i'm sure it can be worked out.

Reviewer: jerryfan1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2006
Subject: swing bling
Hey now, no need to promote your particular style of reviewing shows on the internet. Stick with the substance. We don't care about "how" you write a review. And please, include personal experiences everyone. I love the odd bits of show info you can occasionally pull out of here.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: Great listen
So many great sounds, here, still 76 in my mind, but ovcourse major turn with Terrapin and estimated, worth notin', quality eyes, and great playin>wheel>playin, they were in no rush to exit, good minglewood

Happy to trade/share with some responsible listeners, email me at
Reviewer: revjustin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: Sweetness
I was prompted to listen to this show again after reading an interview with Bobby from 1977 in Conversations with the Dead by David Gans. Bob refers to this show (with a few others) and the time when they were still ironing out the Terrapin Station material before recording and releasing it. You can tell that this first Terrapin is a little rough, but I amazed on how beautiful it really is. They had already spent a lot of time working on it, so that doesn't surprise me, per se, but usually in such situations, first time played isn't a comment on the old setlist that I jump for joy when I see. This show is a goodie.

And btw, if you would like to DL the _vbr.mp3 files for any streaming show, you can do as another reviewer mentioned, or if you use Firefox, right click the m3u file when it downloads in the download manager, select properties and get the specific FTP server address. Then using an FTP client, you can download the show. This method, depending on your connection, is a little faster.
Reviewer: BigShotLawyer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2006
Subject: Incredible show, incredible sound
Beautiful Terrapin. And listen to Phil between Eyes and Dancin' in the Streets.
Reviewer: sid weiss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2006
how to get the new streamed shows
Stream the show ...go to sleep ..wake up in the morning and drag and drop from your internet cashe'..just don't forget to increase your internet cashe' folder meggage..all files will be there just like before ...

Reviewer: eman039 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2006
Subject: Hot Damn
Man I wish I could've been alive to see this concert, the sound quality of this recording is impecable. I love how they start with Terrapin. Sick Minglewood, check out New Minglewood at Nassau Colliseum 5/6/87, Brent is on fire! But regarding to this show in San Bernardino, much energy on every song, a definite must listen.Great version of Prophet. This whole show is fuckin amazing. Bobby's vocals definitely stand out among other performances. Probably one of the best shows I've heard from GD.
Reviewer: Rider384 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2006
Subject: minglewood
nothing against this minglewood....perfectly good. but bro it has nothing...i repeat nothing, on the barton hall minglewood opener. thats absolute perfection. bobby was f'n ANGRY that night!
Reviewer: f@!^yeah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2006
Subject: Minglewood
The Minglewood is unparalleled in my opinion. I doubt I'll hear a better live 'rock' song for the rest of my life.

PS the scarlet - fire is from 5/5/77 war memorial colesium somewhere in conneticut and is a beaut.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2006
Subject: Kick down at the Swing
This is Boss, The master plan and then some. Like the Professer said on his review of the Rob gym shows in Santa Barbara you have to refer to this (2/26-27) as the program the structure for the white hot Spring tour in May to come. The band is just rollin' be it slow or fast kind of a clicking along. So smooth in synce and beatiful.
The june Winterland shows 6th through 9th are my favorit. I pull it out more often than alot of other 77 stuff. This is obviously coming the heels of a very high time everyone from the band to the fans knew this was a peek and good times for the music and scene. Talk about family and old school and all that kind shit this was it. After month of May the band got about a week off and played a show at the Forum in LA. Then a 3 night run was booked at the Winterland. Those shows are the culmination of the previous month the new songs, old bust outs and the high groove they were on. Thats so sick, The bands having a blast fans are are going bonkers and there returning home to the Winterland to show its fans whats been going down and they crush it. The music from this tour is so fluid timing,jamming,solos and singing all flow so nicely like orange sunshine on a breezy
psychedelic spring day.

Perfect sound
Reviewer: DeadHead5877 - favorite - January 2, 2006
Subject: Free the Soundboards
It is a crime that great shows like this one are no longer available for free download. Making the shows available in streaming format was a good shot toward trying to compromise, but there is still one huge problem. What becomes of those of us with dial-up who can't stream music without it stopping every 10 seconds or so to buffer? We just get left out in the cold while others continue to enjoy this incredible music.
Reviewer: sadu77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2005
Subject: Its been a long time.
I havent heard this show in 9 years. the last time i listened to it was the 20th anniversary of the show back in 96. someone "borrowed" the tape from me and never gave it back. anyways i think the terrapin is as good as it gets. LOrd i missed this show. can anyone believe its been ten years? i still ache.
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2005
Subject: why oh why
Why aren't there more girls who make you think of this particular Terrapin Station.

There's just one.

Great lyrics.
Reviewer: HagarJr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2005
Subject: I want it all!
What a beautiful concert. I would love to be able to listen to it on my Nomad, but alas streaming audio only! I so wish I had discovered this site before the downloads were halted. Still, it's wonderful to have it to listen to while sitting in from of my computer.
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2005
Subject: Hey Rosely
The Scarlet > Fire is not even from this show, it's filler, one must always check the text file of every download
Reviewer: Benny the boxer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2005
Subject: Another 77 Gem!
I had a tape of this show for years but it never sounded this good.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2005
Subject: Great start
First performances usually lack the maturity that comes after being on the road for a while, but the first Terrapin and Estimated Profit here are strong, crisp, and played with feeling. Playin'->Wheel->Playin' is the Dead at their best, and deserves a spot in any compilation. Help->Slipknot grabs you and pulls you along as it smoothly weaves in and out of different zones.

Then the show seems to lose steam. Franklins Tower gets repetitive towards the end, and the band seems to run out of ideas after that. There are much better Eyes in previous 4 years, and better Scarlet->Fires later in the year.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2005
Subject: better late than never
Had this show for years. Why I didn't comment sooner????This site and all it's options, that's why. I'll keep it 5 of this year. The Early May east coast run and this show. Put them in whatever order you want. I don't haver the strength to get into that winless debate.Just download and you'll be in everyone's good graces. amazing
Reviewer: Hal Benson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2005
Subject: what more can be said?
absolutely beautiful. the epitome of '77.
Reviewer: JaMmM On - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2005
Subject: ahh 77.... dead heaven!!!
another 77 gem.... go ahead and find a show from 77 that doesn't rock your socks off... i dare you!!!!!!!!! i've never heard them play so tight in my life.... the intensity of this music is unreal.... keith is awake, and hammering the keys.... jerry is on another level.... absolutely ripping it up... bobby's belting out the vocals in minglewood like i've never seen... unreal... is it just me, or does the sound quality on scarlet-fire, and good lovin differ from the rest of the show? nevertheless.. it's still great.. get it now!!!!
Reviewer: let the bird fly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2005
Subject: Estimated
Check out the Estimated on this one, Keith wakes up out of four year coma.
Reviewer: phraxos5 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2005
Subject: VA Head
I dont know.... But when I hear this terrapin/mingle it makes me suddenly realize that there IS something cosmic and grandiose which eminates from this music...making it okay that it defined a huge part of my youth. five thousand stars man, nothing will ever get this good.
Reviewer: hyperboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2005
Subject: First live Terrapin!!!!!!!!!!
This IS the first live performance of Terrapin Station! And it is sizzling...especially Jerry's attack on the really has more of a sort of aggressive feeling than he would develop in the months to come.

This show is all around bad ass! I enjoy listening to it equally as much as 5/8/77 and any other May 1977 show. PITB>The Wheel>PITB is really special this night! I highly recommend this show to all deadheads. And sound quality is brilliant! I have to mention that this may be the best I've ever heard Keith play! Especially on Terrapin..he is perfect!
Reviewer: Don Young - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2005
Subject: I am blown away
If you haven't already, get this show.

Phil drops some pure liquid bass on Eyes, and the Dancin' jam is one for the ages.

The Scarlet->Fire (from some other show?) is one of the best ever (maybe 5/8/77 is a little better)

But the sound of this recording far surpasses any of the Cornell show I have found.

This should not be missed!
Reviewer: darkstar11/11/73 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2005
Subject: scarlet>fire....good lovin'
has neone been able to track down the source of the two fillers on this show....the scarlet>fire is really hot and i wouldnt mind hearing the rest of the show that it came from.....if neone has ne info post here or hit me
Reviewer: sregornad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: Best show ever
Reviewer: Lewis/Klitschko - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: Re:
No way is this show better than 5/8, or several shows in May. Not even close.
Reviewer: stambo1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: Scarlet>Fire?
There was no Scarlet>Fire at this show. Infact, there was neither played. 3/18/77 was the first time they ever played the combo.
Reviewer: EstPrpht08/12/79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2005
Subject: Could be the best one ever.............
Ok, first off, this show kills 5-8-77. The same songs are hotter at this show (Deal, TLEO )and the Minglewood is the best I've heard. Now I'm a big Estimated fan and this is Number 1 or 2 (8-12-79). I wish Jerry's solo would have been longer, but Keith tripping out on the keys is what makes this one so special.

Phil is nuts on the Help>Slip>Frank. And I'm not that big a fan of the later Dancin's, but this is my second favorite version behind 6-14-76.

Finally, U.S. Blues is the way to end a show like this, not the way they ended Cornell.

I just came off a road trip. I listened to this show and 5-8 back to back. And afterward I couldn't believe there was even a comparison.

Oops forgot the perfect Terrapin opener! Now my thoughts on this song are that it only got worse over time because it really didn't lend itself to improv as much. Jerry just got sloppy over the years, but this is absolutely perfect and it's the icing on the cake.

NO! the real icing is the perfect sound quality of this download!

Bottom Line: Number 1 download in my book. Now check out 4-29-71.
Reviewer: cush212 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2005
Subject: hate to burst bubbles, but...
That sounds a lot like the Barton Hall 5/8/77 Scarlet>Fire to me. That Good Lovin' sounds familiar too, can't place it though. Otherwise, I agree, this is a great show! I've only heard poor quality tapes of it and this is very nice!!! Thank you.
Reviewer: G.Stew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2005
Subject: This or Barton?
It's a tough call. On the one hand, I think this is the best Help>Slipknot!>Franklin's, which isn't on Barton. But on the other, Barton has the most kickin' Scarlet>Fire, while this doesn't have one worth comparisson. Deal is bouncin', Eyes is phenominal, and of course, the FIRST TERRAPIN EVER PLAYED...TO PERFECTION! I think for now, I'll have to give my vote to the Swing over Barton.
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2005
Subject: 61st Review for this show...
...and I can't add a thing. I was so blown away by the opening Terrapin that it took me a few listens to realize that New Minglewood was beyond belief. I'm fairly new to GD, but I've done a lot of homework, and while some great shows (73 Kezar, for example) haven't fully worked their magic on me yet, I can say that if you've come here off the "most downloaded shows" link on this site, then you're in the right place. Welcome! This is the Grateful Dead. God bless you and them and all of us. Holy cow. I'm on "Samson" and just melting, without drugs. Dance!
Reviewer: Ballistica - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2005
Subject: Scarlet and Good Lovin
Were they actually played at this show? I grabbed this, but in a search for artwork the last two tracks don't show up...and if you look at the other version of this show (SBD) they are not on this a mistake on this post?
Reviewer: gfink - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2005
Subject: This absolutely kills
This is practically a perfect show. The only flaw about it has more to do with my own personal distaste for the 1977 disco version of "Dancin In The Street" that I just can never get into. Beyond that, this show is as close to perfection as you can get both in sound and performance. Download immediately!
Reviewer: Chester Burnett - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2005
Subject: Amazing Sound & Setlist
This show truly deserves its five-star rating. The sound quality is pristine. Everything is well balanced and the separation between the instruments and the audibility of the vocals is astounding. Not only is the sound amazing but the performance is spectacular. TMNS and Samson are personal favorites of mine from this show. And, as an unexpected bonus, there is no Drums/Space to be found anywhere on this download. What a relief!!
Reviewer: zkdunn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2005
Subject: The 'Swing' has
With years of enjoying the Dead, 25+ shows live from '73 on, and 100's of hours of tapes & reels and even boot vinyl's, then thanks to IA many many fine downloads, I come back to 'The Swing' most often. What a wonderful '77-78 run. Masterful. Many Many Thanks. CD
Reviewer: PUFFtronica - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2005
Subject: WoW
What an amazing sound. I've been lookin' for a great show with an amazing setlist. Well this is deffinately it! Great show. Awesome set!! ***** A+++++
Reviewer: Weazelzb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 31, 2005
Subject: wow....
wow.... terrapin is beautiful, as is sugaree. Also, one of my favorite deals... whole show is amazing. GET IT
Reviewer: bromanct - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2005
Subject: Tons of energy. Excellent sound quality.
Wow. until this download I've never heard the Dead rock with so much energy. You can really feel the tightness of the jams on a good stereo system. Sugaree sounds like gold, as does New Minglewood Blues. Terrapin is cool, kind of ends early though. I keep skipping to Sugaree, man that is so good in this show!
Reviewer: BoBWeirIsGod - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2005
Subject: Another Awesome Dead show
Great set list, good quality. Definatly worth the download.awesome samson and delilah. No doubt this is one of the best.
Reviewer: jbphburg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2005
Subject: Great Sound and Set
Well discussed already, worth mentioning how good the sound quality is, beautiful mix, great songs.
Reviewer: livecactus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 26, 2005
Subject: Pristine
This show is phenominal. I don't like the talk of which is the best show but if you had to pick 10 this one is a shoe in. It is performed beautifully, the sound is impeccable, and the song selection is almost impossible to beat. Not to mention the first Terrapin ever! as an opener! damn near perfect!

One of the best shows I have ever heard. Love it, Love it, Love it.

I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
Reviewer: luvlight72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2005
Subject: Holy terrapin!!!
Could the audience have possibly know what they were in for hearing the first Terrapin played to perfection right off the bat? This show because of the 1st Terrapin will always be near the top of my shows. Absolutely beautiful, get it!!!
Reviewer: terrapinj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2005
Subject: Thanks LAMA
I have been searching for this show for a little while. Two breakouts this night with Terrapin and E Prophet, which needless to say are Dead Classics. 77 was an incredible run and this was surely an amazing show to kick it off.
Reviewer: trainonthebrain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2005
Subject: anyone seen my face?
Because the Dead just stole it! I'm new to the world of Dead shows, having only 2 cd's of theirs previous to stumbling onto this magnificent archive. BIG thank you's to those who maintain this site, long may it live! I've now aquired 30 shows, trying to get a few from each of the years '65 to 80's, and I have to say this one is a standout performance. The sound quality is among the best i've heard so far, amazing! The opener Terrapin Station is absolutely beautiful!! NMB smokes and by the time they hit Estimated prepare to be searching for your face. Crank those speakers and feel the bass! Wondering where to start like i was? My advice is start with the most popular page and go from there. This show is one for the ages and I highly suggest that after you read this you get it! :) Awesome stuff!!!!!
Reviewer: ssmith34 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2005
Subject: awesome
I am on the first song and I am already impressed! what a great band! I am right now reading Phil's book, and I have a greater appreciation for what they did.
Reviewer: liranfa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2005
Subject: No Argument Here
I can't argue the fact that this might be one of the best five shows ever.....and at the same time, it may not be in my five favorite of 1977. What a great show and a great era. First versions of "Terrapin" and "Estimated Prophet". Classic 1977 show full of great surprises in almost every song......a great recording too.
Reviewer: asilver8 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2005
Subject: Ultra Classic!
This is one the five best Dead shows ever! Right up there w/Ithaca, Fillmore '69, and San Rafael '83, and this show from '74 whose venue I forgot. It's just amazing! The Spring '77 run was their best run ever! This recording sounds much better than the one I have from a cassette source. Enjoy!
Reviewer: ben-hur - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2005
Subject: Phil power
This show has one of the best sound mixes. It's not ideal for every show but it works really well for this especially since it's like Phil is the lead. Brother is on top of his game this night. At he very least peep: estimated prophet, deal, help-slip-franklins and music never stopped. Oh yeah I almost forgotthe playin jams are absolutely ridiculous. Booyakasha
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2005
Subject: This one gets my vote as best show
This is the show that got me into the Grateful Dead. I've always really liked them, but when I downloaded this show and heard it, I became addicted. The sound quality of this show is awesome, but even if the sound was crappy this show would groove. The Grateful Dead are liquid smooth throughout the entire show, not slacking on any song. Plus this features the first Terrapin Station, if I'm not mistaken. The jams are incredible. Stop reading this review and download this show.
Reviewer: augustwest - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2005
Subject: possibly the best of all time
truely awe inspiring playing. i cant imagine there being any other group of people with such a cosmic kinship. this show is so hot it will give you blisters. pick any song, it doesnt matter, they are all played with such power and precision. jerry turns every note into a rain drop, and the end result is like standin in a monsoon. franklins tower is especially good. the first couple notes just gave me chlls up my spine. and the sound quality of this show is so good that even in mp3 it sounds GREAT. get this show. its the best ive ever heard. if this show doesnt turn you into a life long deadhead, nothing will
Reviewer: BillySunday - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2005
Subject: What did the GD sound like?
If anyone ever asks you this, or if you ever want to demonstrate in full the versatility of this band, this is the perfect show to play or suggest to them. It has ALL of what makes the GD epic. The songs are tight and loose at the same time. Liquid jams, great melodies and lyrics. This song has the rock in roll, the jazzy psychedlia, the folk and the country blues. The show is so incredibley well rounded with its playing and song selection. One of the absolute best.
Reviewer: Terp97 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 31, 2005
Subject: Great show
If you like the mid -> late 70's stuff, this show is a must-have! Quality is pretty decent. Listened to the whole show last night and I haven't jammed that hard in years. Whoever got this site together deserves a huge thank you! This is the coolest thing to happen to live music in my lifetime.
Reviewer: tomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2005
Subject: I love this show!
This is one of the best dead shows out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: darkstarpat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 7, 2005
Subject: Scarlet>Fire Filler
The scarlet>fire on this download sounds like 5/5/77 because it IS 5/5/77. For some reason its on here as a filler (a pretty good filler, I might add). Anyway, on to this show. A must have if for no other reason than the historical significance, offering up the first Terrapin and Estimated. I also like the Wheel sandwiched between Playing in the Band
Reviewer: themelon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: Conspiracy!
I was just listening to a different Dead show, specifically 5/5/77 show at New Haven. (This show is featured on and I've noticed that the Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Good Lovin' that is on that show is IDENTICAL to the one posted here. Also, after thinking this was true, I added up the total time of all 3 songs, and they are only about 10 seconds difference. I may be wrong about this, so check it out for yourself: has it in the "downloads" section. Also, this provides an answer to the previous "apocryphal Scarlet Fire?" post. Check it out for yourself.
Reviewer: OmnipitentGratefulDead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2005
Subject: This is how music was meant to be played!
I've been an avid tape trader for about 10 years. I've heard around 50% of all live shows. I must say that this is one of the finest displays of musical tapestry I've ever heard woven. This is my first review and I'm writing simply because if youre looking for a display of Dead genius you needent look further. Hope you enjoy like I have. Keep an eye open for my reviews. I tell it as I hear it!
Reviewer: aquabat414 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2005
Subject: Sweetness!!!!
Ok, first things first- sound quality is excellent. Don't be the slightest worried about that. Ok, now to the show... AMAZING!!!!!! Definitely should be downloaded. First Terrapin and Estimated, and both are well played. Damn, that would be sweet to see these two tunes played for the first time, especially Terrapin... at least we can listen to played for the first time 30 years later... The rest of the show is awesome, too. I like the Minglewood Blues, with a cool little intro(albeit one that lasts about 5 seconds). Good first set. Second set is sweet too. The H>S>FT is good, but I would much prefer any from May/June/Oct. of this same year. The real treat is the Eyes>Dancin', where, as previously mentioned, Phil does some sweet stuff with the bass, and Keith makes the transition perfect. Nice U.S. Blues encore, and the filler is good too. The first Scarlet>Fire I've heard that rivals the Cornell one, but still falls a wee-bit short. All in all, download this show.
Reviewer: terrapin10 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 26, 2005
Subject: Swingin at the Swing!
Tight show all around, the boys were really on that night. I love the Help>Slipknot>Franklins. Phil's bass solo between Eyes and Dancin is hot. Amazing quality sound. The 5/8/77 show was one of the best of that year, but this one is right up there as well.
Reviewer: oceantree - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2005
Subject: apocryphal Scarlet Fire?
My understanding is that Fire didn't debut till later this year... I did read a review once, maybe of 5-8-77, speaking of the "first" scarlet Fire at Swing. Mayhap this is the source of that (apparent) rumor- agrees with me on the no S>F point... So I wonder where this is from, and if this Samson is the apocryphal (and crazy smokin') Samson I heard on my first 2 copies of 5-8-77, i guess as a filler, at the end of side A, set II.
Oh yeah- as for the show, what can I say? A classic. This source sound better to me than the other available. Do it now!
Reviewer: other111 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2004
Subject: Terrrrrrrapin
This show speaks for it self. The sound quality is amazing and both sets are well played. The Sugaree is one of my favorites next to 5-19-77.
Just get it if you don't already. A must have in my opinion.
Reviewer: DCHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 7, 2004
Subject: Slice of Heaven
Best quality I've heard on this site so far. Sugaree is scorching. Jerry is so crisp, and Keith pounds on the ivories. It doesn't get any better.
Reviewer: MushroomEagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2004
Subject: Oh My God...
This is probably my favorite show i have downloaded from this website. Absolutely amazing sound quality...Phil's bass roars. The entire band is in complete sync like i've never heard before. Terrapin absolutely ethereal. Never heard a better one. The transition from Scarlet Begonias into Fire on the Mountain leads me to believe this band was from an alternate universe. This is truly music from Gods.
Reviewer: Bob the listener - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2004
Subject: unhhh!!!
phat phat phil!
this show's crisp!
I can't believe what i'm hearing!
gotta be one of the best here folks .
Reviewer: iambigdave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2004
Subject: Great Acid < New tune and a Great griffin backdrop
If you don't like this show nothing going to make you a dead head. I was there and it blows my mind. I was ready to leave after the first set. Was walking out when the security told me if I went out I could not come back in. You mean there was going to be more. Place was packed with hells angels. Rick griffin had this backdrop called the impearl massager. And you get to hear the first Taripin and estimated.
Reviewer: borndead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2004
this song was played at my first show[6.25.88].I have always thought that this was the Real Dead sound,slow,mellow,and dark,with a ever rising end that gets better every run down.Can you imagine being there for the first time Jer sings 'INSPIRATION....'? Move me brightly this song has for years.This show is like a good Cabarnet from France,gets better the more crap music comes out. THE ARCHIVE IS AMAZING,IMAGINE IF YOU HAD IT IN 1986 WHEN CDs BECAME POPULAR.SHOWIN UP ON TOUR WITH 1500 SBDS ON CD!!!!!!!
Reviewer: mgags - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2004
Subject: Why so many reviews?
I'll tell you why. This is a tremendous show for many reasons....the first ever Estimated and Terrapin complete with Keith's new keyboard sound.....a complete meltdown during Playin>Wheel>Playin to close out set 1.....and what about a flawless Help>Slip>Franklin's that has Jerry reaching for the heavens.

But what makes this a 5 star show is the Eyes>Dancin' towards the end of set 2. The transistion between these 2 songs is so sweet. Phil thumps along for a minute or two and then before you know it, Jerry dials in the Wah-Wah and off we go. Like another reviewer put it, this Dancin' ROCKS! The ending chord progressions Jerry plays is some of his finest. To end this show with Around and US Blues is a crime!
Reviewer: thefuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2004
Subject: yessir-takeit
This show was a great show and the sound here is great. Get it.
Reviewer: Wichita - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2004
Subject: This Show Rocks!!!!
I downloaded this show last night. If you are reading this don't wait, download it now!! IMO, the sound on this version is fuller and more lively then the other. This show is requirement for your library. Enjoy!!
Reviewer: Mooj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2004
Subject: Not much of a dead-head
I'm not much of a Dead-head (I got nothing but the utmost respect for them though... I've tried to get into them), but this show is simply amazing (this is coming from a non-Dead head).

I had a copy a few years ago of this show, which I lent to my friend and he destroyed. Until now, I forgot the date, but I'm glad I found it again. First terrapin/prophet... SICK SICK SICK!

Download this show AT ONCE! MAKE NO HASTE! (just look at the 20 people who reviewed this show that gave it 5 stars, including yours truly).
Reviewer: stealthhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2004
Subject: close your EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
just imagine it's 1977..and you're just hearing terrapin station for the 1st time...LIVE!!!!!!!!!!i've always loved some of the songs..but others..not so much..well now, every time i hear Estimated Prphet i'll think of this hsow..and help-slipnot-franklins is just like the band has their close friends in a small club and is having a party..this show so rocks away my blues..Thank you guys on the archive for turning my drwaer full of slowly decaying cassettes into wonderful memmories of so many shows past.................don't MISS THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: amichels - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2004
Subject: Terrapin
One of the best Terrapin's (live) I've ever heard! Awesome sound.

The Help>Slip>Frank's is sweet also! This date is my b-day too :)
Reviewer: juanie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2004
Subject: disco dancin'
any critics of the disco-dead needs a careful listen to the dancin' in this show. while so many dancin's in '77 seem to wobble along cheerfully without climax, this one seriously smokes - jerry's wah solo is pure fireworks.

another wonderful upgrade from one of my over-duped maxell XLIIs.
Reviewer: smitty1015 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2004
Subject: My first time
The first shoe that i downloaded bout a year and a half ago from Furhter . I must say that i am not surprised that this one has been downloaded so many times . This is my2/28/69. ;>)
Reviewer: GJR - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 19, 2004
Subject: Phil
Warning: If you wear false teeth listening to this concert may dislodge your dental work. Phil's bass is all over you like a wet blanket here. 5 stars; turn up the bass and let it rock!
Reviewer: SO - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2004
Subject: Scarlet>Fire
from 5-5-77. I love so much of the deads playing in 77...
Reviewer: ccrawford33 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2004
Subject: Terrapin Station's Grand Opening
it's the birth of Terrapin Station, and the Arista Dead as we know it. Show from early 1977 and even though there was still 10 month left of the year, it was on top of the heap.
Reviewer: jamphandan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2004
Subject: filler?
Damn this show sizzles. I think that has been said enough in the other reviews here. Does anyone know what show the scarlet>fire and good lovin are from? Just curious because they sound pretty good as well (sometimes I like it when Jerry 'screws up' the singing)
Reviewer: icecreamjay - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2004
Subject: the only review you need to read.
This show is amazing. Everything everyone else said is true and more. Great sound, great energy and lots of crisp, fat phil. Inspired playing from start to finish make this show a must have. download it.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2004
Subject: still hanging from the slipknot.
What an energetic and powerful Help/Slipknot. They kept climbing up the laddar, and never looked back. Great example of why I will forever enjoy the Dead.

Some really delightful teases of China Cat in Franklins calm the tension from slipknot...Peace on Earth.
Reviewer: PerpetualGroover - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2004
Subject: get it for the terrapin
Others have said this, but I have to put my two cents in. If for nothing else, get this song for the first (and one of the best) Terrapin. Garcia seems willing to explore much more in the first solo and in the little jam between Lady With a Fan/Terrapin Station. He must've been trying things out before he settled on his standard riffs that you get in all the great May 77 versions. Some might not like it: It's not quite as smooth, the guitars have more of an edge, and Keith seems to be trying out some stuff also, but I find it refreshing to hear something a little different from the same old great versions of Terrapin.
Reviewer: sims - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2004
Subject: great show
I listened to my tape of this show driving home on memorial day and knew I needed to come and download the whole show. Opening up with Terrapin Station (the first) is fantastic and the show never lets down. My favorite part of this show is the H>S>F. Roll away, the Dew!!!!! This show can make you forget about that over-rated month of May.
Reviewer: Adam Reaves - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2004
Subject: Grateful Phil
I thought at fist this show wouldn`t be that good, but it`s not good, IT`S GREAT. I have to give credit to Phil for dropping some mad bass lins during " Terrapin Station ", " Est. Prophet ", and " The Deal", on set one. It is a first Terrapin and Estimatd. I`m really stuck on set one, just cause of the set list is great. Check out Phil cause he was on fire the whole show. Jerry does a great solo on " The Deal". One more highlight is Samson and Delilah. Get the show for the Terrapin, Est. Prohpeht, Band>Wheel>Band, Deal and S nd D.
Reviewer: M Matlock - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2004
Subject: San Bernardino!
One of the best shows of 77 was also its first. If the first Terrapin, the first Estimated, the jammin' Playin>Wheel>Playin, the bombs Phil drops in the Eyes>Dancin jam, or the Help>Slip>Franklins don't blow your mind, then get this show for the beautiful Keith solo in TLEO.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2004
Subject: the mighty swing!
You just know a show that starts out with Terrapin is going to be special.This is one of my top 5 for 1977. In what was to be a peak year, the Dead storm out of the starting gate with the very 1st show.Many highlights,the first Estimated and a hot
Help>Slipknot.But the rare Playin>Wheel>Playin that closes Set 1 is alone worth the price of admission.Incredible jamming!! A must for any true
Deadhead. Get this one folks.
Dr. Flashback :-)
Reviewer: peter teitelbaum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2004
Subject: There will be a superior SBD source for this show available soon.

Peter Teitelbaum
Reviewer: sainstevenwunda - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2004
Subject: grab it
sick help>slip>franklins. first terrapin and estamated prophet, and great sound
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